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The Better Building Board hears appeals of the Public Officer's orders. The Better Building Board holds hearings and may affirm or alter the Public Officer's order. If the property owner does not comply with the Better Building Board's order, the city may repair or demolish, alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The property owner may appeal the Better Building Board's order to the Knox County Chancery Court. The Better Building Board may also hear cases regarding the city’s acquisition of property or the enforcement of the Demolition by Neglect Ordinance. 

PUBLIC OFFICER

After the Neighborhood Codes Enforcement office issues complaints to property owners regarding structures that are alleged to be unfit or dangerous. The Public Officer holds hearings and issues orders to property owners to make repairs or to demolish unfit structures. If the property owner does not comply with the order, the city may repair or demolish the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The Public Officer may also order an owner to alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close a structure. The property owner may appeal the Public Officer's order to the Better Building Board within ten (10) days of receipt of the order.

APPOINTMENT OF BETTER BUILDING BOARD MEMBERS

The Board consists of five members who are City residents. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council and serves a 3 year term.

MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR BETTER BUILDING BOARD

The Better Building Board meets the last Thursday of each month, at 3:30 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.

January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016
March 31, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016
June 30, 2016
July 28, 2016
August 25, 2016
September 29, 2016
October 27, 2016
December 1, 2016 – Main Assembly Room

MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR PUBLIC OFFICER HEARINGS

The Public Officer Hearings are held the next day (Friday) after the Better Building Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.

January 29, 2016
February 26, 2016 - Rescheduled to Feb. 25 at 4:00 p.m
April 1, 2016
April 29, 2016
May 27, 2016 - Additional meeting at 3:30 p.m.
July 1, 2016
July 29, 2016
August 26, 2016
September 30, 2016
October 28, 2016
December 2, 2016

BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Gary W. Bentley
701 Kenesaw Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-414-7224
gary.bentley@jbouchard.com
Term: 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018

Melissa Brenneman
3209 Orlando Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-673-3743
padlrdie@gmail.com
Term: 02/04/2014 - 01/01/2017

Terrell C. Patrick, Sr.
2767 Linden Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-4833
tclpatrick@bellsouth.net
Term: 01/19/2014 - 01/01/2017

Dr. Rachelle Scott
1329 Armstrong Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-974-6688
rscott@utk.edu
Term: 02/04/2014 - 01/01/2017

Michael C. Thomas                                          
1800 Fairmont Blvd 
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-951-2010
michael.thomas@knoxcounty.org 
Term: 03/31/2015 - 12/31/2017

CITY CONTACT INFORMATION

Kathy Ellis, Project Specialist
Community Development

Phone: 865-215-2270
kdellis@knoxvilletn.gov

Cheri Hollifield, Administrative Specialist
Codes Enforcement

865-215-2867
chollifield@knoxvilletn.gov

Robert Moyers, Manager
Codes Enforcement

865-215-2119
rmoyers@knoxvilletn.gov